Building Information Modeling

Frank Heitzman, Instructor (e-mail address:

Building Information Modeling (BIM) for architects using the software program Revit 2013. The course is an intensive study of 3D creation, viewing, perspective creation, rendering, and plotting.

Prerequisite: ARC189, or degree in architecture, or experience in an architectural or interior design office.

How to download Revit 2013 to your home computer fro free:

You need a Triton email address to download the software for free. You were assigned a Triton email address automatically when you registered for courses. Your email address is the first letter of your first name, the first seven letters of your last name For example, if I were a student my email address would be If your last name is less than 7 letters, just use whatever letters you have. For example, if your name is Dan Jones, you email address would be

If you do not have a Triton email address, you may go to to create an email account. After you click on the "Create an Account" button, an email account will be created in 12 hours. You can access it at using your password, which will appear on the screen. Your default password is first letter of your first name, the first three letters of your last name and your last four digits of your social security number, all typed together.In order to run Revit Architecture 2013 at home, you will need a Windows PC at least 2 Gb of memory.

Once you have a Triton email address, do the following:

1. Open Internet Explorer at your own personal computer or laptop (not a Triton College computer)

2. Go to

3. Register on this "Student Engineering and Design Community" web site as a student. To do this you must have a Triton email address ending in ""

4. Under “How do I sign up” on the left side of the page, click on “new member registration page.”
Fill out the online form and click “submit”

5. You will receive a registration confirmation email from Autodesk. Use the information contained within the email to complete the registration process. They are just checking to make sure that the email address is yours by sending you a test email.

6. Click on the "Download Software" link on the upper right corner of the screen.

7. Select the software you want to download. Select "Free Software," at the top of the page, then "Autodesk Revit."  Pull down the "Choose your Version" dropdown list and select "2013," then pull down Language and select "English," then pull down "Operating System" and pick Windows 32/64 bit." Click "Next."

8. Write down the Serial Number and Product Key. They are specific to your copy of the program. You will need them to authorize your software after you download it. Then click on "Install Now," or if you want to install the program on your computer later, select "Download Now." It will download the software to your computer. Once it is downloaded, you will need to install it and then follow directions for authorization. If the software is not both "authorized" and "activated," you will not be able to save or print your drawings. If you are having trouble, send an email to the Autodesk student site describing your problem. Most problems occur due to forgetting to write down the serial number and Product Key number. The Autodesk staff is very helpful but sometimes slow in responding, so be patient. If they do not get back to you in a day or two, send them another email.

You are allowed only one download per computer per student per year. The free program will expire after 14 months. If you continue to be a student after the program has expired, you may download a fresh copy.



Some additional Exercises

Text: Dormer exercise

Text: Stair exercise

Text: Structural Framing exercise

Text: Kitchen Exercise (use kitchen without cabinets.rvt file on T: drive)


Sustainablity Exercises

Text: Getting Started in Sustainable Design using Revit

Text: Building Performance Analysis using Revit MEP

Text: Revit Sustainable exercise No. 2

Text: Revit Sustainable exercise No. 3

Text: Revit Sustainable exercise No. 4

Text: Revit Sustainable exercise No. 5

Text: Revit Sustainable exercise No. 6

Heating and Cooling Loads for Exercise 6 Calculated by Revit MEP

Text: Revit Sustainable exercise No. 7

Text: Revit Sustainable exercise No. 9


Information and Readings

RevitFAQ Wiki

Revit Q & A

Click here for SketchUp basic instructions

Click here for PowerPoint basic instructions

How to calculate total wall costs

Glossary and Acronyms

Autodesk Design Review Software Tips and Tricks

AIA Integrated Project Delivery Guide

Introducing BIM into small practices

BIM Reading 1

BIM Reading 2

National BIM Standard

IFC ("Industry Foundation Classes") Building Model developed by the IAI ("International Alliance for Interoperability")

Building Smart (IFC web site)

How to obtain free Revit Software

Autodesk Revit Discussion Group: go to

BIM for Sustainable Design

BIM in China

BIM - Concept to Completion

BIM Survey results

Text: BIM at KPF

Cadalyst article on BIM use in sustainability, part 1

Cadalyst article on BIM use in sustainability, part 2